Monday, 30 November 2009

Shawl Chapter 2

From knitting
It has been a bit of a nightmare knitting this shawl.  I made a mistake in row 42 that nearly drove me to drink!  The phone rang and I made the mistake of answering it; I dropped a stitch and couldn't pick it up.  I had to unpick 8 rows as I kept dropping stitches and couldn't reach a point where I could start to knit again in the correct pattern. Eventually I did reach a point where it was possible to start again although even this row wasn't without errors, but I thought I could rectify them once I started knitting. 

I have nearly reached the point where it all went wrong so I hope that it won't happen again.  This pattern is quite complex and requires my complete concentration with no interuptions.  I will not answer the phone until I reach the end of a row in future. 

Thursday, 26 November 2009

New Project: Lace Shawl

For a change I am knitting something for myself.  I was very taken with my friend's shawl knitted in the very luxurious Rowan yarn, Kidsilk Haze.  It was so soft and warm that I really "needed" to knit myself something similar.  I went to John Lewis, Oxford street and saw the selection of beautiful couolurs available and was unable to resist the urge to buy some in spite of the enormous price tag.  Knitting is no longer an inexpensive hobby; the price of wool has gone through the roof.  However, it is still just about afordable for me and I still have a large stash of wool to knit, for when I can no longer afford to buy new.
Anyway, here are a couple of images of the shawl so far.  Watch this space!

From knitting
From knitting